(Closed) how do you answer this question without sounding cocky?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

You turn a real weakness into a positive with how you have overcome it. Your right your old answers are common and basically BS.

I dont have the best memory in certain circumstances so I have learned to make lists on the front of project folders so I know where I am regarding each project and step. I have learned to use email reminders and email color coded flags so nothing falls throught the cracks. I end each day with a todo list when these items are fresh in my head so I know what I need to get going on the next day.

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m in an HR related field, and I think you should be honest but you have to frame it the right way. The “try to hard” answer to this question is way overused.

Think about the job you are applying for and an area of knowledge which would be helpful for that job that you are not well-versed in. That can be your weakness, but follow it up with what you are doing and plan to do to increase your knowledge in that area.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ThreeMeers:  This is great advice. Definitely don’t use the old “I’m too detail oriented” or “I work too hard.” Employeers like to see that you recognize when you need to work on something and that you take steps to improve those weaknesses.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I hate to admit my weakness because, as a teacher, you should be able to multi-task, and I absolutely cannot! 

But I try to use it to my advantage.  I say things like, I’m not so great at multi-tasking because I want 100% of my attention focused on what I’m doing at that moment.  I strive for perfection and wouldn’t want something to get in the way. 

I am also terrible when it comes to disorganization.  I am just about the most organized person there is, and when things get out of order, I simply cannot function.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Rubbs:  This is a really good answer because if the interviewer is disorganized (like me), she will think, great this is someone who will help keep me organized and if the interviewer is an organized person, she will be thrilled.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@mayflowerbride13:  Yeah, never give the standard “I work too hard” or “I’m a perfectionist” as a weakness.

I think the over-analyzing one is ok, but it might be better to answer the question with an example.

I haven’t been on an interview in years, but I might answer something like “I tend to blush sometimes. It used to be pretty bad but I have worked hard to get over my shyness. I’ve been in a public speaking club for the last couple of years and it’s really helped me.”

So you’re being honest but you’re also giving an actual weakness but saying what you’re doing to fix it. It shows you have good self awareness and are not cocky.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@ThreeMeers:  This. 

OP, state an actual weakness.  Hiring managers are really interested in actually getting to know what you’re like as an employee during an interview, and if they like you enough to ask you this question then they’re genuinely interested to hear a legit answer.  Everyone has weakenesses; be up front, honest and constructive.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@nycsa:  haha… good thinking!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I can’t understand how “I work too hard” or “I’m a perfectionist” even became so standard. those are so dumb.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I will tell them I will pull my hair out trying to figure something out before realizing I need to ask for help, but not because I am work too hard, but because I’m stubborn as hell.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I always like when people give real weaknesses. My favorite was: “I am a night owl and my brain doesn’t begin to work until noon. I am well aware that I need to be in the office by 9:30 and am always there. I purposely do my less congnitive heavy tasks when I get in so I can spend my “sharper” hours working on more challenging tasks. I also make up for any “brain dead” time at work by working at home after hours”. This works for us because many of our tasks can be done at any point of the day in any location.

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